Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Happy Australia Day

Do you know what Anzacs are?

Anzac biscuits are a sweet biscuit popular in Australasia.

Anzac biscuits have long been associated with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) established in WWI. The biscuits were often sent to loved ones abroad because the ingredients didn't spoil easily and the biscuits kept well during naval transportation. This is probably due to the omission of eggs which were scarce during war rationing.

These biscuits seem like they're rock hard. like a hard flapjack. Due to the addition of coconut I won't be trying one.

Anzac biscuits.
6oz plain flour
5oz rolled oats
3oz dessicated coconut
8oz dark brown sugar
4oz lightly salted butter
2tbsp honey
1/2tsp bicarbonate of soda
2tsp milk

Preheat oven to 180 degrees and line two trays with parchment paper.

In a large bowl mix the flour, oats, coconut and sugar together.
Melt the butter and honey.
Mix the bicarbonate of soda into the milk and then mix into the butter/honey mixture.
Add this mixture to the dry ingredients and stir together.

Drop rounded teaspoons of mixture on the prepared trays allowing space to spread. Bake for 15 minutes or until browned. Leave to cool on the trays for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

Makes 40.

These biscuits are a gift for my friend Pete. Pete spent 13 years living in Australia and although he has lived here for a 10 (?) years, I associate Pete with Australia. He doesn't suit living in cold and wet UK, he's like sunshine and awesomeness all rolled into one. Even though I'll miss him loads I really hope he'll move back to Australia to live there again some day.


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